In fact, you don't even have to work with a traditional table inside your living room. You can pick up a period steamer trunk or old suitcases and press them into service in your living room as tables should you have a passion for antiquing. It is possible to go instead using a reproduction trunk or set of suitcases if you want a period look with no often musty odor of period pieces. Many manufacturers sell these, both in traditional furniture stores and online. Nevertheless, you can choose to give a fresh new look to a stuffy looking family area by going with a theme, such as the African savannah, jungle, animal prints, travel, nautical - the list is endless. It's easy nowadays to find pieces which fit nearly any theme imaginable and a cohesive, overarching theme really can tie a room together while making it look fresh and welcoming.